Community Engagement

Spirit and Support

OU volunteers – like Megan Fisher – keep things moving at the Let’s Move Macomb Festival of Races

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Photo Credit: Robert Hall

icon of a calendarAugust 25, 2020

icon of a pencilBy Patrick Dunn

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Mount Clemens residents know the Let's Move Macomb Festival of Races as one of the first local signs of spring – and they know OU is a key part of making it happen. The annual event, which returned April 27 for its ninth year, features a 5K sponsored by OU, as well as a half-marathon, 10K and a one-mile run, all going through downtown Mount Clemens.

For the past four years, OU graduate student Megan Fisher has volunteered at the event. Fisher decided to volunteer at the Festival of Races for the first time in 2015 because it was held in Mount Clemens, her hometown. Then, she says, the University's outreach efforts in Macomb County drew her to study there.

"It was a nice way to go back home and see my family, but also to interact with OU," Fisher says. "OU wants to show that it’s participating in local events and dedicated to this community. It's just a great way to show how OU is thriving."

OU has sponsored the event since 2013, with more than 240 alumni, staff, faculty and students participating – either running as part of Team OU or volunteering at OU’s water and spirit stations.

Mike Fontana, chairman of the Macomb Health and Fitness Foundation which organizes the festival, describes OU’s sponsorship and volunteer support as crucial.

"Handing out water to runners and cheering them on as they race may not sound like a big to-do, but it is," says Fontana. "When you have 500 people running, the impact and importance of the OU volunteers at its water and spirit station can’t be understated. Our Board – and I know our runners – appreciate and value their presence.”

For Fisher, volunteering at the Festival of Races means more than just cheering on runners and handing out water cups. It's a way to show her hometown what she loves about her school – and, that OU isn’t just confined to Rochester Hills.

She says, "People in Mount Clemens get to talk to the OU volunteers and they're like, 'Wow, this is probably a cool place to go to school.'"

Learn more about OU’s bachelor’s and master’s degree programs offered at our locations in Clinton Township and Mount Clemens at OU Macomb.

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